Monday, May 4, 2009


A few days ago, I received some extraordinarily terrible news. A wonderful person and friend of mine, Jill St. Onge, had passed away suddenly while traveling in Thailand. This is something that greatly saddened me and I supposed that the only thing I could do would be to write something about Jill.
I've had a case of writer's block for the past couple of weeks, hence the lack of new blog activity here, but I have been flooded with memories and funny stories involving Jill throughout my high school career and my friendship with her during those times. In high school, and for a couple of years afterwards, I had a couple of different crews that I hung out with. I had the "Dude" crew, which consisted of my retarded guy buddies and generally involved lots of noogies and alcohol, and I had my "Girl" crew. Now, most guys don't get a Girl crew to hang out with, but for some cool reason, I was very lucky to have a crew of ladies that I considered my buddies. And we did pretty much any sort of cool activites that you can think of together. We went to every concert imaginable, hung out, and basically had an awesome time every day.
Jill was one of the girls in my Crew, and she was about as kick-ass of a person as I had ever met. She knew about all kinds of music, so right away we decided to be pals. She helped me organize senior parking lot dances before school, where we would skank to the rudest ska known to man before school started.
Jill also, for some odd reason, thought that I would do very cool things in this world, including becoming a famous radio dj. She went so far as naming me DJ Reynaldo (very witty) and making me my own cd's to distribute as a graduation present. I always thought that was the coolest thing ever and hopefully, she knew that.
Anyways, I suck at tributes, but I wanted to everyone to know that Jill was awesome, if they didn't already know.
I lost one of my crew, but I know Jill is still listening to that beautiful ska beat in the sky.

El Rey


  1. Rey, I actually found a picture the other day of all of us skanking in the parking lot before school. I'll have to scan it.

  2. That would be rad! I'd love to see that.

  3. Rey,
    Thank you... Jill was and is a part of us... Natalie, could yous please send me a copy of the picture.. Jill's Dad (marlin) to we are putting together a array of pictures.... please... Rey a great tribute, thank you

  4. Hi There,

    I'm an author/reporter for Lonely Planet and Men's Health and I'm covering Phi Phi and the Andaman Coast for LP at the moment. I'm very interested in this case, am extremely sorry for your loss, and would like to chat with anyone involved. I haven't yet figured out a way to contact Jill's family via the memorial blog that's been set up, and am hoping you can help me reach Rob. Would you please contact me at: at your earliest convenience?


    Adam Skolnick